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Holler if you Hear Me on Broadway

June 26, 2014

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Last weekend two of the things that are near and dear to my heart melded together: Broadway and the music of Tupac Shakur. You see, I entered my adulthood during the time that Tupac took his place in the world of rap. So when I heard that there was a Broadway play based on his […]

Harlem Haberdashery comes to Lenox Avenue

April 2, 2012

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Uptownflavor had a chance to sit down with Shay Woods, one of the co-owners of 5001 Flavors and Harlem Haberdashery to discuss the new store, long-time clients of their  custom clothing company, and shifts in the entertainment business. We will post the interview in a separate post, but first we wanted to share exclusive first […]

Chester Gregory Discusses Being Brown on the Great White Way

March 28, 2012

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The Great White Way was given a dose of black magic this past week during the Apollo Music Café’s “Black Magic: A Broadway Cabaret.” The evening featured the stellar talents of Tony-award winner Lillias White (“Fela” and “Chicago”) and Chester Gregory (“Dreamgirls” and “Sister Act”) performing songs that were made famous by black entertainers on […]

Harlem Haberdashery’s Mural on Lenox

March 26, 2012

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Uptownflavor had a chance to get a sneak peek at the forthcoming Harlem Haberdashery coming to 245 Lenox Avenue between 122nd and 123rd.  Check back for our conversation with Shay Woods, one of the owners of the new store, and more photos of the construction taking place inside. Harlem Haberdashery is slated to open in […]

TEDxHarlem Creates Waves in Harlem

March 26, 2012

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After a controversial article appeared on website, DNAinfo accusing the TEDxHarlem Conference of being “elitist,” organizers quickly scrambled to move the venue from the Apollo Theater to Riverside Church and lowered the admission cost from $100 to $20 for general admission and $100 for VIP which includes a luncheon. Critics have charged the organizers with […]

Harriet Tubman Didn’t Take None

March 26, 2012

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Harriet Tubman didn’t take no stuff Wasn’t scared of nothing neither Didn’t come in this world to be no slave And didn’t stay one either And didn’t stay one either -by Eloise Greenfield The Black Women’s Leadership Caucus commemorated the life and legacy of Harriet Ross Tubman, by laying a wreath at the feet of […]

Armory Week at The African Burial Ground

March 26, 2012

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The West Harlem Art Fund teamed up with artist Scherezade Garcia to create a special digital installation in honor of the Omo Valley people of Southwest Ethiopia for Armory Arts Week 2012. The site of the projection was in Lower Manhattan at the African Burial Ground, National Monument. The Omo Valley people have lived in […]

Les Ambassades opens a Bar & Restaurant

March 26, 2012

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Around this time last year, Les Ambassades (also known as Patisserie Des Ambassades) opened a second location called Ambassades Buffet above 125th Street on Lenox. Perhaps there was not enough business to sustain them, or perhaps they wanted to shift with the changing tide.  Perhaps it was the B letter grade they received at their […]

Lenox Social open for business

March 26, 2012

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Lenox Social quietly opened up last week with limited hours and great reviews on Yelp! Lenox Social 321 Lenox Ave (between 126th St & 127th St) New York, NY 10027 (212) 510-8552 http://www.lenoxsocialnyc.com

Editor’s Note: Springing into Action 2012

March 25, 2012

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I originally wrote this post back in 2009 and it still stands today. I’m behind. No ifs, and, or buts about it. I steal time to post what I can, but the reality is that my email box is full of ’starred’ items that I want to post to the site and there are countless […]

What’s Up with Lenox Wines

March 25, 2012

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Someone recently inquired via Twitter or Facebook what’s up with Lenox Wines. Since we are often in the area, we kept a close eye on the four-year-old store which has been closed for quite a few weeks now. While passing the store on Friday, I noticed a sign in the window. Apparently, the owners are […]

Armory Week West Harlem Art Fund Wine Tasting at Lot 125

March 24, 2012

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The West Harlem Art Fund hosted an evening of wine tasting at Lot 125 in Harlem for Armory Week. The wines tasted were Seven Sisters from South African and a variety of Argentinian wines. In attendance were local artists, including  Scherezade Garcia, sculptor and installation artist, that displayed her multimedia presentation at the African Burial […]

Outdoors: Harlem Art Park

March 24, 2012

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East Harlem Art Park is located at the corner of East 120th Street and Sylvan Place. The peaceful park area is nestled between the Harlem Courthouse and Casabe Houses. One of the main attractions of the East Harlem Art Park is “Growth,” an engaging 15-foot-high red sculpture located in the center of the park. Artist […]

Peter Woytuk sculpture exhibit along Broadway.

March 24, 2012

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Have you checked out the public exhibition of 18 sculpture compositions by Peter Woytuk on Broadway? The exhibit was organized by the Broadway Mall Association in conjunction with the Parks Department and The Morrison Gallery. It starts at Columbus Circle with the monumental “Elephant Pair,” located within the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District, which plants […]

On the A with Souleo: Did hip hop kill the funk

March 20, 2012

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There are few things more powerful than strong, fierce, and bold women of color that challenge the status quo. This past weekend, independent artist and entrepreneur, Nucomme, paid homage to one such iconic figure in “Betty’s Story: A Tribute to Betty Davis.” The event, which was held at the Apollo Music Café, attempted to conjure […]

The Harlem Treasure Chest Flea Market

March 11, 2012

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We missed the grand opening of Harlem’s new flea market last week, but fortunately happened to be in the area around The Harlem Treasure Chest on Sunday. The dirt and gravel lot was full of vendors, but had very few customers in the middle of the afternoon on a spring-like day. Perhaps people still don’t […]

Harriet Tubman wreath laying ceremony

March 7, 2012

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The Black Women’s Leadership Caucus is laying a wreath at the feet of the statue of Harriet Tubman, this Saturday at 10am, in honor of Women’s History Month. The ceremony will last about an hour and will include a reading of an original poem by poet Dfaye Anderson titled, “The One About Harriet.”   The statue is […]

On the A with Souleo: Ben Vereen disses reality TV

March 7, 2012

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Legendary talent, Ben Vereen is not a happy man these days, despite outward appearances. The state of dissatisfaction was apparent during his presentation at Harlem’s City College of New York Aaron Davis Hall. Before an enthusiastic crowd he delivered a lecture on race, politics, and the status of African-Americans in Hollywood. It is this latter […]

ATCQ – Movement 4

March 5, 2012

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March 1st to 3rd Harlem Stage presented A Tribe Called Quest: Innovation and Legacies – A Movement in Four Parts. This four part series featured performances, dance events and a free humanities event headlined by a panel of hip-hop scholars, journalists and artists. Sat, March 3 Movement 4 – Beats, Rhymes and Beyond: The J. […]

Nectar Wine Bar makes its last call tonight

February 29, 2012

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The rumors swirling around the social media sites are true. Nectar wine bar is indeed closing its doors for good tomorrow night. We got the official word in our inbox late this afternoon. Many people are sad to see Harlem’s first wine bar close after only four years. If you recall, Nectar had just scored […]

Hot Bread Kitchen is finally opening a store in Harlem

February 26, 2012

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Hot Bread Kitchen has announced that with the help of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone(UMEZ), they will be opening a bakery storefront in a 120 square foot space inside the historic La Marqueta.  They are seeking a creative designer to help develop a design concept for the storefront and oversee the build-out of the space. […]

On the A with Souleo: Zora Neale Hurston is Hip Hop

February 26, 2012

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Initially, it may seem a stretch to imagine Harlem Renaissance writer, Zora Neale Hurston tapping her toes, bobbing her head, and reciting the lyrics to hip-hop songs. Yet, there is a vital connection between Hurston and hip-hop culture which was revealed following the “Zora Neale Hurston” play, presented as part of The National Black Touring […]

A Harlem Tea Party: CuriosiTeas

February 26, 2012

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Social Entrepreneur, Sheena Foster, launched her latest social project at Gran Piatto d’ Oro last Thursday. Inspired by the book, Three Cups of Tea, guests were invited to sample three varieties of the custom hand-blended loose leaf teas. CuriosiTeas are fair trade certified and part of the proceeds go back into social programs under the […]

Torn Asunder: Works from the Migration Series

February 26, 2012

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(New York, NY) – Born in Harlem to immigrant parents, artist Dionis Ortiz never thought of the different aspects of his identity as mutually exclusive. But to Americans, he was Dominican. To Dominicans, he was Americano. And in the midst of that, neither group was comfortable with his attraction to African and African-American culture. In his […]

GIFT Study-A-Thon at Harlem’s Street Squash

February 26, 2012

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New York, NY - Twenty-two 16-year-old Harlem students, dressed in their blue and white school uniforms, peer out the window of their classroom to see a squash game in progress.  They’re focused not just on seeing who will become the winner of today’s squash match.  They have a much more serious goal in mind.  These […]

Panther Baby Book Signing at Columbia

February 26, 2012

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Students, guests, members of the Young Lords, and the original Black Panther Party filled the auditorium at Columbia University’s Miller Theater to listen to Professor Jamal Joseph read from his recently released book, Panther Baby, published by Algonquin Books, two Fridays ago. Joseph was interviewed by Dorian Warren, Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs […]

Harlem Arts Festival

February 18, 2012

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We are looking for performing and visual artists to present during a 2-day festival in June 2012 in Marcus Garvey Park. Special preference will be given to artists who are based in Harlem or artists whose word contributes to the artistic dialogue of the community.  Artists can apply by visiting our website where they will […]

From Harlem With Love Book Signing

February 18, 2012

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Joe Holland had the best of everything growing up. He attended the same Ivy League college as his father and had the world at his feet after graduating from college. Joe decided that he would take a detour from his life’s trajectory, and move to Harlem to help change the neighborhood. From Harlem With Love […]

HAA On the A – The Future of Motown

February 17, 2012

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When Motown is mentioned, most people want to strike a glamorous pose like The Supremes or literally start “Dancing in the Street” to the sounds of Martha & the Vandellas. Such was the case during “A Tribute to the Music of Motown” presented by Harlem Arts Alliance member Carnegie Hall at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. […]

HAA On The A with Souleo

February 15, 2012

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Uptownflavor and Harlem Arts Alliance have partnered to provide you with a weekly syndicated column called, “HAA on the A with Souleo.” “On the A” provides an update of arts, culture, and entertainment around Harlem. Welcome aboard “The A with Souleo.” For most working people, there has been at least one occasion when they’ve wanted […]

Free Screening of Act of Valor

February 15, 2012

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An unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history.  A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. When a […]

The Other New York Giants

February 5, 2012

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More on the old Polo Grounds Brush Staircase

A Taste for Seafood or Wanting Some Fish

February 1, 2012

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By Lora René Tucker The Therapeutic Poet Ah, the new year! Some make resolutions and others are just resolved.  I have to admit as I offer my first contribution to Uptownflavor, that I am trying to lose weight and I am craving some fish. Recently, I have been recovering from the holidays by getting focused […]

Vacant land in Harlem pre-gentrification

February 1, 2012

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Justin, who used to write for Uptownflavor, shared this map with us. He says, “The map is from 1992, from Edwin Marshall, planner for Harlem at NYC Planning Dept.” The map shows the huge amount of vacant land in Harlem at the time.

My Image Studios under construction

February 1, 2012

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The journey Back in 2007, I met with the developers of the Kalahari. Carlton Brown and Walter Edwards, of Full Spectrum, were extremely excited about the opening of their first green residential development in Harlem.  The development was to include space for a custom-designed, state-of-the-art movie theater, dedicated to showing independent black and Latino films. […]

A walk through black history in Harlem

February 1, 2012

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Harriet Tubman Location: Saint Nicholas Avenue, West 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard (Eighth Avenue) The  Harriet Tubman sculpture, designed by Alison Saar shows stylized portraits of “anonymous passengers” of the Underground Railroad in Tubman’s skirt, some of which were inspired by West African “passport masks.” Around the granite base of the monument are bronze […]

Liberation Bookstore

February 1, 2012

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Ms. Mulzac’s profession was selling books at Liberation Bookstore, a Harlem landmark that for four decades specialized in materials promoting black identity and black power. On one side of the front door, a sign declared, “If you don’t know, learn.” On the other: “If you know, teach.” New York Times Related articles Una Mulzac, Harlem […]

Crossing Lines exhibit at Heath Gallery

February 1, 2012

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“CROSSING LINES” EXHIBIT OPENS AT HARLEM’S HEATH GALLERY FEB 4th-MAR 3rd Kai Heath has been following her father’s art career since she was a little girl, accompanying him to art exhibitions, assisting him in set up and break down of street displays, and serving as a gallery assistant in the early days of the opening […]

Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

February 1, 2012

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Happy birthday to Langston Hughes, who was born February 2, 1902.  New York Public Library posted a photo of Hughes (far left) with Charles S. Johnson, E. Franklin Frazier, Rudolph Fisher and Hubert T. Delaney, on the roof of 580 St. Nicholas Avenue, Harlem, on the occasion of a party in Hughes’ honor, 1924. The Schomburg Center […]

Eat Harlem Delivery Service

December 31, 2011

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If you have been following Uptownflavor for a while, then you know we have seen many different Harlem-specific delivery services come and go.  There is Harlem to Go, Harlem Delivers, and the most recent to land on the scene is Eat Harlem. Eat Harlem launched on Thanksgiving of this year. Deborah Umunnabuike and Vincent Choi […]

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